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American Gangster (2007)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

American Gangster (2007)

Following the death of his employer and mentor, Bumpy Johnson, Frank Lucas establishes himself as the number one importer of heroin in the Harlem district of Manhattan. He does so by buying heroin directly from the source in South East Asia and he comes up with a unique way of importing the drugs into the United States. As a result, his product is superior to what is currently available on the street and his prices are lower. His alliance with the New York Mafia ensures his position. It is also the story of a dedicated and honest policeman, Richie Roberts, who heads up a joint narcotics task force with the Federal government. Based on a true story. (Read More)

Themes:cruelty,  sadism,  mafia,  brutality,  corruption,  divorce,  anger,  wedding,  christmas,  suicide
Mood:gore
Locations:slum,  jungle,  courtroom,  nightclub,  church
Characters:jewish,  lawyer,  policeman,  children
Period:1960s,  1970s,  1990s
Story:brother brother relationship,  drug smuggling,  vietnam war,  heroin,  mafia don,  mafia boss,  criminal syndicate,  criminal investigation,  skeet shooting,  shooting up,  drive by shooting,  police corruption,  police brutality,  gangster boss,  taxi driver,  church service,  suicide by gunshot,  police coverup,  washington heights manhattan new york city,  triangular folded american flag,  george washington bridge,  drug paraphanalia,  firearm pointed at the camera,  police surveillance,  pumping iron,  fall of saigon,  shot at the camera,  blacks versus italians,  custody case,  stealing from a dead body,  the projects,  reference to sammy davis jr.,  process server,  lighting a cigar,  night school,  madison square garden manhattan new york city,  anti semitic slur,  c 130 hercules,  latte,  biting someone,  pile of money,  plea bargain,  hypodermic,  battle of wits,  complaining,  subpoena,  crime epic,  coney island brooklyn new york city,  search warrant,  interracial love,  postmodern,  tenement,  drug snorting,  law school,  shot in the knee,  african american protagonist,  reference to martin luther king jr.,  custody battle,  year 1970,  grand piano,  unlikely friendship,  sex in a kitchen,  temper,  drug bust,  beauty queen,  bitten hand,  bangkok thailand,  turkey the bird,  set on fire,  strobe light,  based on article,  microwave oven,  harlem manhattan new york city,  reference to richard nixon,  news footage,  sikh,  social decay,  crooked cop,  mob hit,  year 1968,  sugar,  bludgeoning,  bronx new york city,  immolation,  pool of blood,  puerto rican,  sledgehammer,  chinese food,  fur coat,  rags to riches,  north carolina,  carjacking,  darkroom,  body bag,  boxing match,  drug trafficking,  interracial marriage,  wrath,  urban decay,  drug deal,  car wash,  stolen money,  raft,  weightlifting,  popcorn,  trash,  german shepherd,  spiral staircase,  car bomb,  killing a dog,  shot in the neck,  surprise after end credits,  bribery,  mob boss,  drug lord,  playing piano,  thanksgiving,  extortion,  undercover cop,  gasoline,  tuxedo,  raid,  shadow,  ghetto,  billiards,  italian american,  junkie,  surveillance camera,  mercilessness,  smuggling,  new jersey,  rap music,  drug overdose,  brooklyn new york city,  assault,  vietnam,  loss of friend,  morgue,  mobster,  rage,  race relations,  what happened to epilogue,  country name in title,  police investigation,  killing an animal,  addiction,  crime boss,  black american,  heart attack,  domestic violence,  brother,  pay phone,  person on fire,  attempted murder,  organized crime,  drug addict,  shot in the forehead,  racial slur,  looking at the camera,  coffin,  no opening credits,  darkness,  exploding car,  diner,  cocaine,  ambulance,  single mother,  band,  dysfunctional family,  manhattan new york city,  criminal,  sex standing up,  urban setting,  taxi,  shooting,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  based on true story,  chase,  new york city,  photograph,  nipples,  african american,  death,  mother son relationship,  sex scene,  police,  flashback,  murder,  violence

New Jack City (1991)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

New Jack City (1991)

The gangster Nino has a gang who call themselves Cash Money Brothers. They get into the crack business and not before long they make a million dollars every week. A cop, Scotty, is after them. He tries to get into the gang by letting an ex-drug addict infiltrate the gang, but the attempt fails miserably. The only thing that remains is that Scotty himself becomes a drug pusher. (Read More)

Themes:cruelty,  sadism,  mafia,  brutality,  corruption,  anger,  wedding,  christmas
Mood:gore
Locations:courtroom,  nightclub
Characters:lawyer,  policeman
Period:1990s
Story:mafia boss,  drive by shooting,  police brutality,  cocaine,  gangster boss,  crime epic,  harlem manhattan new york city,  social decay,  mob hit,  wrath,  urban decay,  bribery,  mob boss,  drug lord,  thanksgiving,  undercover cop,  gasoline,  ghetto,  italian american,  junkie,  rap music,  mobster,  police investigation,  crime boss,  heroin,  organized crime,  drug addict,  racial slur,  manhattan new york city,  criminal,  urban setting,  shooting,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  chase,  new york city,  nipples,  african american,  murder,  police,  violence,  flashback,  death

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Menace II Society (1993)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Menace II Society (1993)

This urban nightmare chronicles several days in the life of Caine Lawson, following his high-school graduation, as he attempts to escape his violent existence in the projects of Watts, CA.

Themes:brutality,  anger
Mood:gore
Period:1970s,  1990s
Story:brother brother relationship,  drive by shooting,  police brutality,  social decay,  carjacking,  urban decay,  ghetto,  drug overdose,  crime boss,  heroin,  organized crime,  drug addict,  racial slur,  no opening credits,  cocaine,  single mother,  criminal,  urban setting,  shooting,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  chase,  african american,  mother son relationship,  death,  violence,  murder,  police,  flashback

Assault On Precinct 13 (2005)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Assault On Precinct 13 (2005)

On New Year's Eve, inside a police station that's about to be closed for good, officer Jake Roenick must cobble together a force made up cops and criminals to save themselves from a mob looking to kill mobster Marion Bishop.

Themes:brutality
Locations:church
Story:police corruption,  police brutality,  shot in the knee,  set on fire,  crooked cop,  undercover cop,  italian american,  junkie,  assault,  mobster,  crime boss,  person on fire,  attempted murder,  drug addict,  shot in the forehead,  racial slur,  no opening credits,  cocaine,  criminal,  urban setting,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  chase,  murder,  death,  police,  violence

We Own The Night (2007) is one of the best movies like American Gangster (2007)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

We Own The Night (2007)

Brooklyn, 1988. Crime is rife, especially drugs and drug violence. A Russian thug is building his heroin trade, while everyone laughs at the cops. Brothers have chosen different paths: Joe has followed his father Bert into New York's Finest; he's a rising star. Bobby, who uses his mother's maiden name, manages a club. Bobby too is on the rise: he has a new girlfriend and a green-light to develop a Manhattan club. Joe and Bert ask him to help with intelligence gathering; he declines. Then, Joe raids Bobby's club to arrest the Russian. From there, things spiral out of control: the Russian puts out a hit on Joe, personal losses mount, and Bobby's loyalties face the test. (Read More)

Themes:suicide
Mood:gore
Locations:nightclub,  church
Characters:policeman,  children
Story:brother brother relationship,  drug smuggling,  pile of money,  social decay,  puerto rican,  drug trafficking,  urban decay,  car bomb,  shot in the neck,  thanksgiving,  undercover cop,  raid,  italian american,  brooklyn new york city,  heroin,  organized crime,  coffin,  no opening credits,  cocaine,  ambulance,  dysfunctional family,  manhattan new york city,  urban setting,  shooting,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  chase,  new york city,  photograph,  murder,  death,  violence,  flashback,  police

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Goodfellas (1990)
Crime, Drama

Goodfellas (1990)

Henry Hill might be a small time gangster, who may have taken part in a robbery with Jimmy Conway and Tommy De Vito, two other gangsters who might have set their sights a bit higher. His two partners could kill off everyone else involved in the robbery, and slowly start to think about climbing up through the hierarchy of the Mob. Henry, however, might be badly affected by his partners' success, but will he consider stooping low enough to bring about the downfall of Jimmy and Tommy? This is why Goodfellas (1990) is one of the best movies like American Gangster (2007). (Read More)

Themes:mafia,  brutality,  anger,  wedding,  christmas
Mood:gore
Locations:courtroom,  nightclub
Characters:jewish
Period:1960s,  1970s
Story:brother brother relationship,  police corruption,  gangster boss,  gangster,  firearm pointed at the camera,  shot at the camera,  police surveillance,  reference to sammy davis jr.,  crime epic,  mob hit,  mob boss,  extortion,  italian american,  smuggling,  brooklyn new york city,  what happened to epilogue,  domestic violence,  pay phone,  organized crime,  racial slur,  looking at the camera,  diner,  cocaine,  criminal,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  corpse,  based on true story,  new york city,  mother son relationship,  murder,  violence

Triple 9 (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Triple 9 (2016)

In TRIPLE 9, a crew of dirty cops are blackmailed by the Russian mob to execute a virtually impossible heist. The only way to pull it off is to manufacture a 999, police code for "officer down". Their plan is turned upside down when the unsuspecting rookie they set up to die foils the attack, triggering a breakneck, action-packed finale filled with double-crosses, greed and revenge. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  corruption,  anger
Locations:nightclub
Characters:jewish
Story:brother brother relationship,  mafia boss,  police corruption,  police brutality,  social decay,  carjacking,  interracial marriage,  urban decay,  car bomb,  shot in the neck,  mob boss,  gasoline,  ghetto,  junkie,  loss of friend,  morgue,  mobster,  police investigation,  crime boss,  attempted murder,  organized crime,  drug addict,  shot in the forehead,  racial slur,  exploding car,  cocaine,  ambulance,  criminal,  urban setting,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  chase,  photograph,  african american,  police,  mother son relationship,  death,  violence,  murder

Black Mass (2015)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History

Black Mass (2015)

Based on a true story of James "Whitey" Bulger, an Irish Mob godfather and FBI informant who had a "secret trading" deal with his brother, William "Billy" Bulger, a state senator and a Boston public figure, and John Connolly, an FBI agent. They planned to take down the Italian mob and mafia in Boston, which went awry and things turned massively violent. When the credence for each other began fading out, drug dealing, murders, and extortion started to rise, and forced the FBI's Boston office to confirm that Whitey Bulger was one of the most notorious criminals in US history and also one of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List criminals. (Read More)

Themes:mafia,  brutality,  corruption,  christmas
Locations:nightclub,  church
Characters:lawyer
Period:1970s
Story:brother,  brother brother relationship,  drive by shooting,  mob hit,  urban decay,  bribery,  mob boss,  extortion,  italian american,  junkie,  mercilessness,  mobster,  what happened to epilogue,  crime boss,  heroin,  pay phone,  organized crime,  drug addict,  shot in the forehead,  racial slur,  no opening credits,  cocaine,  criminal,  urban setting,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  based on true story,  photograph,  mother son relationship,  death,  murder,  violence,  flashback

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Kill The Irishman (2011) is one of the best movies like American Gangster (2007)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Kill The Irishman (2011)

The true story of Danny Greene, an impoverished but charismatic young Irish-American who rises to power as president of the longshoreman's local union and is charged with corruption but evades serious jail time by becoming an FBI informant. With fearless nerve he joins forces with a Mafia gangster to rise to power in Cleveland's underworld, gaining the reputation of a Robin Hood-like figure with nine lives as he escapes countless assassination attempts. (Read More)

Themes:mafia,  corruption,  christmas
Characters:lawyer
Period:1960s
Story:mafia boss,  reference to richard nixon,  mob hit,  car bomb,  mob boss,  thanksgiving,  extortion,  italian american,  brooklyn new york city,  crime boss,  organized crime,  exploding car,  criminal,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shootout,  based on true story,  new york city,  death,  violence,  police,  murder

The Departed (2006)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Departed (2006)

In South Boston, the state police force is waging war on Irish-American organized crime. Young undercover cop Billy Costigan is assigned to infiltrate the mob syndicate run by gangland chief Frank Costello. While Billy quickly gains Costello's confidence, Colin Sullivan, a hardened young criminal who has infiltrated the state police as an informer for the syndicate is rising to a position of power in the Special Investigation Unit. Each man becomes deeply consumed by their double lives, gathering information about the plans and counter-plans of the operations they have penetrated. But when it becomes clear to both the mob and the police that there is a mole in their midst, Billy and Colin are suddenly in danger of being caught and exposed to the enemy - and each must race to uncover the identity of the other man in time to save themselves. But is either willing to turn on their friends and comrades they've made during their long stints undercover? (Read More)

Themes:mafia,  brutality,  corruption,  anger
Mood:gore
Locations:church
Characters:lawyer,  policeman
Story:criminal syndicate,  police corruption,  criminal,  police surveillance,  crime epic,  shot in the knee,  mob hit,  drug deal,  mob boss,  undercover cop,  italian american,  surveillance camera,  mercilessness,  mobster,  rage,  crime boss,  black american,  heart attack,  heroin,  domestic violence,  organized crime,  drug addict,  shot in the forehead,  racial slur,  coffin,  no opening credits,  exploding car,  diner,  cocaine,  ambulance,  shooting,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  chase,  photograph,  african american,  police,  flashback,  violence,  murder,  death

Run All Night (2015)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Run All Night (2015)

Professional Brooklyn hitman Jimmy Conlon is more commonly known as THE GRAVEDIGGER. Jimmy was a mob hit-man, who was best friends with his boss Sean Maguire. But when Jimmy's son, Michael, is marked for death by the mob, Jimmy must go up against Sean to protect Michael at all costs. Together, he and Michael must avoid corrupt cops, contract killers and the mob to survive the night. This is why Run All Night (2015) is one of the best movies like American Gangster (2007). (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  christmas
Characters:children
Story:brother brother relationship,  mafia boss,  police corruption,  madison square garden manhattan new york city,  mob hit,  bronx new york city,  spiral staircase,  shot in the neck,  mob boss,  brooklyn new york city,  morgue,  mobster,  crime boss,  heroin,  attempted murder,  organized crime,  shot in the forehead,  no opening credits,  diner,  cocaine,  manhattan new york city,  urban setting,  taxi,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  new york city,  photograph,  police,  death,  flashback,  murder,  violence

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Live By Night (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Live By Night (2016)

Boston, 1926. The '20s are roaring. Liquor is flowing, bullets are flying, and one man sets out to make his mark on the world. Prohibition has given rise to an endless network of underground distilleries, speakeasies, gangsters, and corrupt cops. Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a prominent Boston police captain, has long since turned his back on his strict and proper upbringing. Now having graduated from a childhood of petty theft to a career in the pay of the city's most fearsome mobsters, Joe enjoys the spoils, thrills, and notoriety of being an outlaw. But life on the dark side carries a heavy price. In a time when ruthless men of ambition, armed with cash, illegal booze, and guns, battle for control, no one-neither family nor friend, enemy nor lover-can be trusted. Beyond money and power, even the threat of prison, one fate seems most likely for men like Joe: an early death. But until that day, he and his friends are determined to live life to the hilt. Joe embarks on a dizzying journey up the ladder of organized crime that takes him from the flash of Jazz Age Boston to the sensual shimmer of Tampa's Latin Quarter to the sizzling streets of Cuba. Live by Night is a riveting epic layered with a diverse cast of loyal friends and callous enemies, tough rumrunners and sultry femmes fatales, Bible-quoting evangelists and cruel Klansmen, all battling for survival and their piece of the American dream. At once a sweeping love story and a compelling saga of revenge, it is a spellbinding tour de force of betrayal and redemption, music and murder, that brings fully to life a bygone era when sin was cause for celebration and vice was a national virtue. (Read More)

Themes:mafia,  brutality,  corruption,  anger,  suicide
Locations:nightclub,  church
Characters:policeman
Story:mafia boss,  police corruption,  social decay,  mob hit,  pool of blood,  interracial marriage,  urban decay,  car bomb,  mob boss,  gasoline,  italian american,  mercilessness,  smuggling,  mobster,  race relations,  crime boss,  heart attack,  brother,  pay phone,  attempted murder,  organized crime,  drug addict,  shot in the forehead,  racial slur,  no opening credits,  exploding car,  diner,  criminal,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  chase,  photograph,  sex scene,  death,  violence,  police,  murder

King Of New York (1990) is one of the best movies like American Gangster (2007)
Crime, Thriller

King Of New York (1990)

After completing a lengthy prison sentence, one-time drug kingpin Frank White returns to New York intent on reestablishing his empire and making things as they were before he left. Others of course have taken over the business during his absence but that clearly isn't going to stop White. While he is gunning down the opposition, he decides he's going to give away the money he'll make to modernize the hospital in his old neighborhood. Drug dealers aren't the only thing he has to worry about however: a group of rogue cops decide they are going to take him down. (Read More)

Themes:mafia,  brutality,  wedding
Locations:nightclub
Period:1990s
Story:drug lord,  mafia boss,  police brutality,  taxi driver,  crime epic,  social decay,  mob hit,  bronx new york city,  drug trafficking,  drug deal,  mob boss,  undercover cop,  ghetto,  italian american,  junkie,  rap music,  crime boss,  pay phone,  organized crime,  racial slur,  cocaine,  ambulance,  manhattan new york city,  urban setting,  taxi,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  gangster,  shootout,  chase,  new york city,  african american,  police,  murder,  death,  violence

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)
Action, Crime, Thriller

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Themes:mafia,  brutality,  suicide
Mood:gore
Characters:policeman
Story:mafia boss,  shot in the knee,  pool of blood,  spiral staircase,  shot in the neck,  mob boss,  mercilessness,  mobster,  crime boss,  attempted murder,  organized crime,  shot in the forehead,  no opening credits,  manhattan new york city,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  chase,  new york city,  photograph,  african american,  violence,  flashback,  murder,  death

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Cop Land (1997)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Cop Land (1997)

Sometime in the 1970's, police officers from New York City wanted a safe haven to live, away from the dangers of the streets of New York City, this is when they established a "Cop Land" in the small New Jersey town of Garrison. Freddy Heflin who was always admired by the New York cops wanted to become one, but because he was deaf in one ear this prevents him from achieving his goal, but has become sheriff of Garrison. Recently there have been a dark omen surrounding the NYPD, and Freddy is now investigating on this case, then Internal Affairs officer Mo Tilden is also on the case and asks Freddy for help, but Freddy could not. Now Freddy suspects that a New York City cop named Ray Donlan might be one of the many cops who is corrupted by the mob and other criminals. Now, Freddy must find a cop who is nicknamed "Superboy" who can testify against Donlan and protect him, before Donlan finds Superboy and kills him. (Read More)

Themes:mafia,  brutality,  corruption,  suicide
Mood:gore
Characters:lawyer,  policeman
Period:1990s
Story:mafia boss,  police corruption,  police brutality,  george washington bridge,  social decay,  mob boss,  italian american,  junkie,  new jersey,  crime boss,  black american,  pay phone,  attempted murder,  organized crime,  drug addict,  racial slur,  no opening credits,  darkness,  diner,  cocaine,  ambulance,  manhattan new york city,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  based on true story,  chase,  new york city,  photograph,  african american,  police,  violence,  murder,  flashback,  death

Taxi Driver (1976)
Crime, Drama

Taxi Driver (1976)

Travis Bickle is an ex-Marine and Vietnam War veteran living in New York City. As he suffers from insomnia, he spends his time working as a taxi driver at night, watching porn movies at seedy cinemas during the day, or thinking about how the world, New York in particular, has deteriorated into a cesspool. He's a loner who has strong opinions about what is right and wrong with mankind. For him, the one bright spot in New York humanity is Betsy, a worker on the presidential nomination campaign of Senator Charles Palantine. He becomes obsessed with her. After an incident with her, he believes he has to do whatever he needs to make the world a better place in his opinion. One of his priorities is to be the savior for Iris, a twelve-year-old runaway and prostitute who he believes wants out of the profession and under the thumb of her pimp and lover Matthew. This is why Taxi Driver (1976) is one of the best movies like American Gangster (2007). (Read More)

Themes:mafia,  corruption,  anger
Mood:gore
Locations:slum
Period:1970s
Story:taxi driver,  taxi,  vietnam war,  vietnam,  firearm pointed at the camera,  shot at the camera,  harlem manhattan new york city,  social decay,  bludgeoning,  urban decay,  popcorn,  shot in the neck,  ghetto,  italian american,  pay phone,  shot in the forehead,  racial slur,  diner,  manhattan new york city,  urban setting,  shooting,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  new york city,  police,  murder,  violence,  death

The Heat (2013) is one of the best movies like American Gangster (2007)
Action, Comedy, Crime

The Heat (2013)

Sarah Ashburn, an FBI agent, is extremely ambitious and has her eye on a promotion, but she doesn't get along with her co-workers. She is sent to Boston to uncover the identity of an elusive drug lord, Mr. Larkin, by tracking down his proxy, Rojas, and is told that she'll have a good shot at the promotion if she finds Larkin. When she arrives in Boston, she learns that Larkin has been eliminating his competition and taking over their operations. She learns that Rojas is in Boston PD custody and goes to see him to ask him what he knows about Larkin, but is warned that the cop who arrested Rojas, Shannon Mullins, is very territorial, and she is not exactly sociable. When the two meet they don't get along. When Mullins learns why Ashburn is in Boston, she decides to find Larkin herself. Ashburn is told by her boss to work with Mullins, but it won't be easy because Ashburn does things by the book while Mullins does things her way. (Read More)

Themes:brutality
Locations:nightclub
Story:brother brother relationship,  drug lord,  police brutality,  german shepherd,  spiral staircase,  car bomb,  undercover cop,  morgue,  crime boss,  brother,  attempted murder,  organized crime,  shot in the forehead,  racial slur,  exploding car,  diner,  cocaine,  ambulance,  dysfunctional family,  criminal,  urban setting,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  chase,  new york city,  photograph,  mother son relationship,  death,  police,  murder,  violence

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Once Upon A Time In America (1984)
Crime, Drama

Once Upon A Time In America (1984)

Epic tale of a group of Jewish gangsters in New York, from childhood, through their glory years during prohibition, and their meeting again 35 years later.

Themes:cruelty,  sadism,  mafia,  brutality,  corruption
Characters:jewish
Period:1960s
Story:mafia boss,  criminal syndicate,  drive by shooting,  police corruption,  crime epic,  mob hit,  extortion,  italian american,  mercilessness,  assault,  country name in title,  organized crime,  shooting,  shot in the head,  gangster,  new york city,  nipples,  sex scene,  death,  murder,  violence,  flashback,  police

Gomorra (2008)
Crime, Drama

Gomorra (2008)

"Gomorra" is a contemporary Neapolitan mob drama that exposes Italy's criminal underbelly by telling five stories of individuals who think they can make their own compact with Camorra, the area's Mafia.

Themes:cruelty,  mafia,  brutality,  wedding
Characters:policeman,  children
Story:drug deal,  extortion,  organized crime,  shot in the forehead,  cocaine,  dysfunctional family,  manhattan new york city,  criminal,  urban setting,  shooting,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  based on true story,  chase,  new york city,  mother son relationship,  police,  death,  murder,  violence

Scarface (1983)
Crime, Drama

Scarface (1983)

Tony Montana manages to leave Cuba during the Mariel exodus of 1980. He finds himself in a Florida refugee camp but his friend Manny has a way out for them: undertake a contract killing and arrangements will be made to get a green card. He's soon working for drug dealer Frank Lopez and shows his mettle when a deal with Colombian drug dealers goes bad. He also brings a new level of violence to Miami. Tony is protective of his younger sister but his mother knows what he does for a living and disowns him. Tony is impatient and wants it all however, including Frank's empire and his mistress Elvira Hancock. Once at the top however, Tony's outrageous actions make him a target and everything comes crumbling down. (Read More)

Themes:cruelty,  sadism,  mafia,  brutality,  corruption,  anger,  wedding
Mood:gore
Locations:nightclub
Characters:lawyer
Story:drug smuggling,  cocaine,  firearm pointed at the camera,  shot at the camera,  crime epic,  mob hit,  interracial marriage,  wrath,  car bomb,  drug lord,  undercover cop,  mercilessness,  loss of friend,  rage,  pay phone,  attempted murder,  organized crime,  drug addict,  shot in the forehead,  criminal,  shooting,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  new york city,  nipples,  mother son relationship,  death,  violence,  murder,  police

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Blood Father (2016) is one of the best movies like American Gangster (2007)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Blood Father (2016)

Themes:brutality,  anger
Story:popcorn,  shot in the neck,  junkie,  mercilessness,  crime boss,  heroin,  pay phone,  attempted murder,  organized crime,  drug addict,  shot in the forehead,  racial slur,  no opening credits,  diner,  cocaine,  criminal,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  chase,  photograph,  violence,  murder,  police,  death

Hung Fan Kui (1995)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Hung Fan Kui (1995)

Keong comes from Hong Kong to visit New York for his uncle's wedding. His uncle runs a market in the Bronx and Keong offers to help out while Uncle is on his honeymoon. During his stay in the Bronx, Keong befriends a neighbor kid and beats up some neighborhood thugs who cause problems at the market. Meanwhile, one of those petty thugs in the local gang stumbles into a criminal situation way over his head. Blinded by greed, his involvement draws his gang, the kid, Keong, and the whole neighborhood into a deadly crossfire. When the lazy cops fail to successfully resolve matters, Keong takes things into his own hands. Needless to say, much spectacular kung-fu and outrageous action sequences follow.... (Read More)

Themes:mafia,  wedding
Locations:nightclub,  church
Period:1990s
Story:criminal syndicate,  taxi driver,  bronx new york city,  popcorn,  spiral staircase,  extortion,  what happened to epilogue,  crime boss,  organized crime,  exploding car,  manhattan new york city,  criminal,  urban setting,  taxi,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  chase,  new york city,  violence,  police,  murder,  death

Boyz N The Hood (1991)
Crime, Drama

Boyz N The Hood (1991)

John Singleton's portrayal of social problems in inner-city Los Angeles takes the form of a tale of three friends growing up together 'in the 'hood.' Half-brothers Doughboy and Ricky Baker are foils for each other's personality, presenting very different approaches to the tough lives they face. Ricky is the 'All-American' athlete, looking to win a football scholarship to USC and seeks salvation through sports, while 'Dough' succumbs to the violence, alcohol, and crime surrounding him in his environment, but maintains a strong sense of pride and code of honor. Between these two is their friend Tre, who is lucky to have a father, 'Furious' Styles, to teach him to have the strength of character to do what is right and to always take responsibility for his actions. (Read More)

Themes:cruelty,  anger
Locations:church
Period:1990s
Story:brother brother relationship,  drive by shooting,  police brutality,  social decay,  urban decay,  weightlifting,  thanksgiving,  ghetto,  junkie,  rap music,  loss of friend,  what happened to epilogue,  brother,  attempted murder,  drug addict,  racial slur,  no opening credits,  single mother,  dysfunctional family,  criminal,  urban setting,  shooting,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  chase,  nipples,  african american,  violence,  mother son relationship,  death,  murder,  police

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Pride And Glory (2008)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Pride And Glory (2008)

A family of police officers - patriarch, two sons, and a son-in-law - deals with corruption in a precinct in Washington Heights. Four officers die in an ambush at a drug dealer's apartment. It's brother Francis's precinct, so when the investigation led by brother Ray finds hints of police corruption, there's pressure to close ranks and save Frankie's career. Dad, a police brass, promises Ray that he and Frankie can clean things up, and Ray should focus on catching the drug dealer who killed the cops. Meanwhile, brother-in-law Jimmy, a hothead and an enforcer, is visited at home by a lowlife. Is Jimmy involved in the corruption? Where can this take the family? (Read More)

Themes:corruption,  divorce,  christmas,  suicide
Characters:policeman,  children
Story:brother brother relationship,  police corruption,  police brutality,  suicide by gunshot,  washington heights manhattan new york city,  tenement,  bronx new york city,  interracial marriage,  junkie,  brooklyn new york city,  rage,  police investigation,  brother,  shot in the forehead,  racial slur,  manhattan new york city,  urban setting,  shooting,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  new york city,  african american,  police,  death,  murder,  violence

Cidade De Deus (2002) is one of the best movies like American Gangster (2007)
Crime, Drama

Cidade De Deus (2002)

Brazil, 1960s, City of God. The Tender Trio robs motels and gas trucks. Younger kids watch and learn well...too well. 1970s: Li'l Ze has prospered very well and owns the city. He causes violence and fear as he wipes out rival gangs without mercy. His best friend Bene is the only one to keep him on the good side of sanity. Rocket has watched these two gain power for years, and he wants no part of it. Yet he keeps getting swept up in the madness. All he wants to do is take pictures. 1980s: Things are out of control between the last two remaining gangs...will it ever end? Welcome to the City of God. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  corruption
Locations:slum,  jungle,  nightclub,  church
Characters:policeman,  children
Period:1960s,  1970s
Story:brother brother relationship,  police corruption,  crime epic,  strobe light,  mercilessness,  crime boss,  domestic violence,  brother,  organized crime,  drug addict,  shot in the forehead,  racial slur,  cocaine,  criminal,  urban setting,  shooting,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  based on true story,  chase,  photograph,  violence,  mother son relationship,  flashback,  death,  murder,  police

Harry Brown (2009)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Harry Brown (2009)

In England, retired Royal Marine Harry Brown spends his lonely life between the hospital, where his beloved wife Kath is terminally ill, and playing chess with his only friend Leonard Attwell in the Barge pub owned by Sid Rourke. After the death of Kath, Len tells his grieving friend that the local gang is harassing him and he is carrying an old bayonet for self-defense; the widower suggests him to go to the police. When Len is beaten, then stabbed to death in an underground passage, Inspector Alice Frampton and her partner Sergeant Terry Hicock are sent to investigate. They pay Harry a visit but don't have good news; the police have not found any other evidence, other than the bayonet, in order to arrest the hoodlums. This mean that should the case go to trial the gang would claim self-defense. Harry Brown sees that justice will not be granted and decides to take matters into his own hands. This is why Harry Brown (2009) is one of the best movies like American Gangster (2007). (Read More)

Themes:sadism,  brutality
Mood:gore
Characters:lawyer
Story:drive by shooting,  social decay,  urban decay,  shot in the neck,  gasoline,  junkie,  mercilessness,  drug overdose,  heart attack,  heroin,  attempted murder,  drug addict,  shot in the forehead,  no opening credits,  exploding car,  ambulance,  criminal,  urban setting,  shooting,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  chase,  photograph,  mother son relationship,  violence,  death,  police,  flashback,  murder

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Donnie Brasco (1997)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Donnie Brasco (1997)

This true story follows FBI agent Joe Pistone as he infiltrates the mafia of New York. Befriending Lefty Ruggiero, Pistone (under the name Donnie Brasco) is able to embed himself in a mafia faction led by Sonny Black. Ruggiero and Pistone become tight as the group goes about collecting money for 'the bosses'. Eventually, the group become big-time when Black himself becomes a boss; all the while, Pistone collects evidence. However, the trials and tribulations of the undercover work become more than Pistone can bear. His marriage falls apart, and to top it off, the mafia suspect a mole in the organization. The real dilemma is afforded to Pistone, who knows if he walks away from the mafia, Ruggiero will be the one punished. (Read More)

Themes:mafia,  divorce,  christmas
Locations:courtroom
Characters:children
Period:1970s
Story:criminal syndicate,  police brutality,  weightlifting,  italian american,  mobster,  domestic violence,  organized crime,  drug addict,  racial slur,  cocaine,  manhattan new york city,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  based on true story,  new york city,  photograph,  mother son relationship,  violence,  death,  murder,  police

Brick Mansions (2014)
Action, Crime, Sci-fi, Thriller

Brick Mansions (2014)

Themes:sadism,  corruption
Story:police brutality,  social decay,  urban decay,  drug lord,  undercover cop,  ghetto,  crime boss,  organized crime,  racial slur,  no opening credits,  diner,  ambulance,  urban setting,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  gangster,  shootout,  chase,  photograph,  death,  murder,  violence,  police,  flashback

The Godfather (1972) is one of the best movies like American Gangster (2007)
Crime, Drama

The Godfather (1972)

When the aging head of a famous crime family decides to transfer his position to one of his subalterns, a series of unfortunate events start happening to the family, and a war begins between all the well-known families leading to insolence, deportation, murder and revenge, and ends with the favorable successor being finally chosen. (Read More)

Themes:mafia,  wedding,  christmas
Mood:gore
Locations:church
Characters:lawyer
Story:brother brother relationship,  police corruption,  police brutality,  crooked cop,  mob hit,  bronx new york city,  car bomb,  mob boss,  italian american,  mercilessness,  crime boss,  heart attack,  domestic violence,  organized crime,  shot in the forehead,  racial slur,  no opening credits,  exploding car,  dysfunctional family,  manhattan new york city,  criminal,  shooting,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  new york city,  sex scene,  death,  murder,  violence,  police

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L.a. Confidential (1997)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

L.a. Confidential (1997)

1950's Los Angeles is the seedy backdrop for this intricate noir-ish tale of police corruption and Hollywood sleaze. Three very different cops are all after the truth, each in their own style: Ed Exley, the golden boy of the police force, willing to do almost anything to get ahead, except sell out; Bud White, ready to break the rules to seek justice, but barely able to keep his raging violence under control; and Jack Vincennes, always looking for celebrity and a quick buck until his conscience drives him to join Exley and White down the one-way path to find the truth behind the dark world of L.A. crime. (Read More)

Themes:corruption
Story:criminal syndicate,  police corruption,  police brutality,  police coverup,  mob hit,  surprise after end credits,  mob boss,  drug overdose,  morgue,  crime boss,  heroin,  domestic violence,  organized crime,  racial slur,  diner,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  police,  violence,  murder,  death,  flashback

Hot Pursuit (2015)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Hot Pursuit (2015)

Rose Cooper is an uptight and by-the-book cop whose name has become a verb synonymous with screw-ups, and she's found a chance to redeem herself. She has been assigned to protect a federal witness, Daniella Riva, the vivacious and outgoing widow of a drug boss. As the two polar opposites race through Texas, they find themselves pursues by everyone from crooked cops to murderous gunmen. However, their greatest obstacle to making this out alive may be themselves as they learn that Cooper has now been considered a fugitive fleeing with Danielle. This is why Hot Pursuit (2015) is one of the best movies like American Gangster (2007). (Read More)

Themes:mafia,  corruption,  anger
Story:mafia boss,  police corruption,  gangster boss,  mob boss,  drug lord,  rage,  crime boss,  person on fire,  organized crime,  cocaine,  criminal,  shooting,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  shot to death,  chase,  death,  murder,  police,  violence

Cop Out (2010)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Cop Out (2010)

After a clumsy operation trying to capture a drug dealer, the N.Y.P.D Detectives Jimmy Monroe and Paul Hodges are suspended for one month by their Captain Romans. Jimmy decides to sell his rare baseball card to pay for his daughter's expensive wedding while his jealous partner believes that his wife is cheating on him with their next-door neighbor. When Jimmy sells his card to a memorabilia store, the place is burgled by two small-time thieves and the detective loses his card. They track down the thieves. (Read More)

Themes:wedding
Locations:church
Characters:lawyer,  policeman
Story:brother brother relationship,  police brutality,  body bag,  drug lord,  undercover cop,  tuxedo,  italian american,  brooklyn new york city,  morgue,  shot in the forehead,  racial slur,  no opening credits,  diner,  ambulance,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  chase,  new york city,  violence,  police,  flashback,  murder

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Snitch (2013) is one of the best movies like American Gangster (2007)
Action, Drama, Thriller

Snitch (2013)

Construction company owner John Matthews learns that his estranged son, Jason, has been arrested for drug trafficking. Facing an unjust prison sentence for a first time offender courtesy of mandatory minimum sentence laws, Jason has nothing to offer for leniency in good conscience. Desperately, John convinces the DEA and the opportunistic DA Joanne Keeghan to let him go undercover to help make arrests big enough to free his son in return. With the unwitting help of an ex-con employee, John enters the narcotics underworld where every move could be his last in an operation that will demand all his resources, wits and courage to survive. (Read More)

Characters:lawyer
Story:drug smuggling,  drive by shooting,  drug bust,  drug trafficking,  interracial marriage,  drug lord,  ghetto,  crime boss,  attempted murder,  organized crime,  exploding car,  diner,  cocaine,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  based on true story,  mother son relationship,  death,  violence,  murder

Four Brothers (2005)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Four Brothers (2005)

Four adopted brothers come to avenge their mother's death in what appears to be a random killing in a grocery store robbery. However, the boys' investigation of the death reveals more nefarious activities involving the one brother's business dealings with a notorious local hoodlum. Two cops who are trying to solve the case may also not be what they seem. (Read More)

Characters:lawyer
Story:brother brother relationship,  police corruption,  police brutality,  crooked cop,  mob hit,  thanksgiving,  gasoline,  assault,  crime boss,  organized crime,  racial slur,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  chase,  mother son relationship,  violence,  death,  murder,  police

The Family (2013)
Comedy, Crime, Thriller

The Family (2013)

A mafia boss and his family are relocated to a sleepy town in France under the witness protection program after snitching on the mob. Despite the best efforts of CIA Agent Stansfield ('Tommy Lee Jones' (qv)) to keep them in line, Fred Manzoni ('Robert De Niro' (qv)), his wife Maggie ('Michelle Pfeiffer' (qv)) and their children Belle ('Dianna Agron' (qv)) and Warren ('John D'Leo' (qv)) can't help but revert to old habits and blow their cover by handling their problems the "family" way, enabling their former mafia cronies to track them down. Chaos ensues as old scores are settled in the unlikeliest of settings. (Read More)

Themes:mafia,  sadism
Characters:children
Story:mafia boss,  mob hit,  german shepherd,  mob boss,  italian american,  brooklyn new york city,  mobster,  crime boss,  pay phone,  organized crime,  shot in the forehead,  no opening credits,  dysfunctional family,  sex standing up,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  chase,  mother son relationship,  death,  flashback,  murder,  violence

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The Iceman (2012)
Action, Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Iceman (2012)

In the 1960s, Richard Kuklinski is working as a porn film lab tech until his mob bosses persuade him to change his career into that of a contract killer. For years, Kuklinski gains a reputation for cold blooded professionalism even as he raises a family who are kept in the dark about his true career. Unfortunately, mob politics ultimately forces him to secretly work independently with the psychopathic Robert 'Mr. Freezy' Pronge. As much as Kuklinski tries to keep his lives separate, circumstances and his own weaknesses threaten a terrible collision as the consequences of his choices finally catch up to him. This is why The Iceman (2012) is one of the best movies like American Gangster (2007). (Read More)

Themes:christmas
Locations:nightclub
Characters:jewish,  lawyer,  children
Period:1960s
Story:brother brother relationship,  stealing from a dead body,  reference to richard nixon,  mob hit,  puerto rican,  drug deal,  killing a dog,  mobster,  what happened to epilogue,  heart attack,  pay phone,  organized crime,  shot in the forehead,  diner,  cocaine,  manhattan new york city,  taxi,  shooting,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  based on true story,  chase,  new york city,  photograph,  murder,  violence,  death,  flashback,  police

Exit Wounds (2001) is one of the best movies like American Gangster (2007)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Exit Wounds (2001)

Orin Boyd (Seagal) is a Detroit cop who doesn't follow rules. After he saved the Vice President by violating every order he received he is transferred to one of the worst precincts in the city. There he quickly encounters some corrupt cops selling heroin to drug dealers. The problem is, it's very difficult to tell who is the bad guy and who you can trust. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  corruption,  anger
Mood:gore
Locations:nightclub
Story:brother brother relationship,  drug smuggling,  heroin,  police corruption,  police brutality,  shot in the knee,  social decay,  urban decay,  weightlifting,  shot in the neck,  undercover cop,  mercilessness,  rap music,  rage,  brother,  attempted murder,  organized crime,  shot in the forehead,  racial slur,  no opening credits,  exploding car,  diner,  ambulance,  criminal,  urban setting,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  chase,  african american,  death,  police,  violence,  murder

Narc (2002)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Narc (2002)

An undercover narc dies, the investigation stalls, so the Detroit P.D. brings back Nick Tellis, fired 18-months ago when a stray bullet hits a pregnant woman. Tellis teams with Henry Oak, a friend of the dead narc and an aggressive cop constantly under the scrutiny of internal affairs. They follow leads, informants turn up dead, Nick's wife is unhappy he's back on the street, Henry's protective of the dead cop's wife. Nick reads and re-reads the case file, broods, watches Oak's heavy-handed style, sometimes joining in. The brass want to close out the case, Nick and Henry stay on it, and bits of evidence point them to an auto body shop. What actually happened; will Nick ever know? (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  suicide
Story:police brutality,  shot in the neck,  undercover cop,  billiards,  drug overdose,  domestic violence,  drug addict,  shot in the forehead,  racial slur,  diner,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  chase,  photograph,  violence,  flashback,  murder,  police,  death

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Summer Of Sam (1999)
Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Summer Of Sam (1999)

Mood:gore
Characters:policeman
Period:1970s
Story:harlem manhattan new york city,  bronx new york city,  killing a dog,  italian american,  brooklyn new york city,  race relations,  crime boss,  racial slur,  cocaine,  manhattan new york city,  urban setting,  shooting,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  based on true story,  new york city,  nipples,  police,  murder,  death,  violence

Lat Sau San Taam (1992)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Lat Sau San Taam (1992)

Mobsters are smuggling guns into Hong Kong. The police orchestrate a raid at a teahouse where an ace detective loses his partner. Meanwhile, the two main gun smugglers are having a war over territory, and a young new gun is enlisted to wipe out informants and overcome barriers to growth. The detective, acting from inside sources, gets closer to the ring leaders and eventually must work with the inside man directly. (Read More)

Themes:mafia,  brutality
Mood:gore
Period:1990s
Story:undercover cop,  smuggling,  gangster boss,  suicide by gunshot,  crooked cop,  mob hit,  chinese food,  shot in the neck,  raid,  morgue,  crime boss,  person on fire,  organized crime,  shot in the forehead,  exploding car,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  police,  death,  violence

American Psycho (2000) is one of the best movies like American Gangster (2007)
Crime, Drama

American Psycho (2000)

Patrick Bateman is handsome, well educated and intelligent. He is twenty-seven and living his own American dream. He works by day on Wall Street, earning a fortune to complement the one he was born with. At night he descends into madness, as he experiments with fear and violence. This is why American Psycho (2000) is one of the best movies like American Gangster (2007). (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  divorce,  anger,  wedding,  christmas
Mood:gore
Locations:nightclub
Characters:lawyer,  policeman
Story:pool of blood,  fur coat,  spiral staircase,  killing a dog,  tuxedo,  brooklyn new york city,  rage,  pay phone,  attempted murder,  shot in the forehead,  racial slur,  exploding car,  cocaine,  ambulance,  manhattan new york city,  taxi,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  chase,  new york city,  photograph,  nipples,  sex scene,  death,  police,  murder,  violence

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The Basketball Diaries (1995)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Sport

The Basketball Diaries (1995)

Film adaptation of street tough Jim Carroll's epistle about his kaleidoscopic free fall into the harrowing world of drug addiction. As a member of a seemingly unbeatable high school basketball squad, Jim's life centers around the basketball court and the court becomes a metaphor for the world in his mind. A best friend who is dying of leukemia, a coach ("Swifty") who takes unacceptable liberties with the boys on his team, teenage sexual angst, and an unhealthy appetite for heroin -- all of these begin to encroach on young Jim's dream of becoming a basketball star. Soon, the dark streets of New York become a refuge from his mother's mounting concern for her son. He can't go home and his only escape from the reality of the streets is heroin for which he steals, robs and prostitutes himself. Only with the help of Reggie, an older neighborhood friend with whom Jim "picked up a game" now and then, is he able to begin the long journey back to sanity. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  corruption,  anger
Locations:church
Characters:policeman
Story:brother brother relationship,  addiction,  billiards,  junkie,  drug overdose,  assault,  loss of friend,  what happened to epilogue,  black american,  heroin,  drug addict,  racial slur,  looking at the camera,  coffin,  diner,  cocaine,  manhattan new york city,  urban setting,  shooting,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  based on true story,  chase,  new york city,  photograph,  african american,  mother son relationship,  death,  murder,  police

The Raid 2: Berandal (2014)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Raid 2: Berandal (2014)

He thought it was over. After fighting his way out of a building filled with gangsters and madmen - a fight that left the bodies of police and gangsters alike piled in the halls - rookie Jakarta cop Rama thought it was done and he could resume a normal life. He couldn't have been more wrong. Formidable though they may have been, Rama's opponents in that fateful building were nothing more than small fish swimming in a pond much larger than he ever dreamed possible. And his triumph over the small fry has attracted the attention of the predators farther up the food chain. His family at risk, Rama has only one choice to protect his infant son and wife: He must go undercover to enter the criminal underworld himself and climb through the hierarchy of competing forces until it leads him to the corrupt politicians and police pulling the strings at the top of the heap. And so Rama begins a new odyssey of violence, a journey that will force him to set aside his own life and history and take on a new identity as the violent offender "Yuda." In prison he must gain the confidence of Uco - the son of a prominent gang kingpin - to join the gang himself, laying his own life on the line in a desperate all-or-nothing gambit to bring the whole rotten enterprise to an end. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  suicide
Mood:gore
Locations:nightclub
Story:police corruption,  police brutality,  taxi driver,  shot in the knee,  social decay,  carjacking,  mob boss,  undercover cop,  raid,  crime boss,  organized crime,  shot in the forehead,  no opening credits,  criminal,  taxi,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  chase,  photograph,  violence,  flashback,  murder,  police,  death

Punisher: War Zone (2008)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Punisher: War Zone (2008)

Frank Castle, the ex-military man whose family was killed by criminals, who became a vigilante known as the Punisher, goes after a whole mob family and gets everyone except enforcer Billy Russoti. He tracks Russoti down and chases him into a vat that is used for crushing bottles. Frank turns on the crusher hoping it would take care of him but it doesn't. He survives but sustains very severe injuries that even with plastic surgery his face looks like a jigsaw puzzle. So he decides to adopt the name Jigsaw. Frank who killed one of Russoti's people who unknown to him is an undercover Fed, decides to pack it in. But when he learns Russoti didn't die and is looking for the money he entrusted to the Fed and will go looking for it at his home which means his family is in danger. So Frank tries to save them. But Russoti wants revenge on Frank so he breaks out his brother who is so crazed that he is committed to an asylum, to deal with him. And also another Fed who's a friend of the man Frank killed wants him too. (Read More)

Themes:mafia,  brutality
Mood:gore
Locations:church
Story:brother brother relationship,  mafia boss,  urban decay,  mob boss,  italian american,  mobster,  rage,  crime boss,  brother,  person on fire,  organized crime,  shot in the forehead,  cocaine,  urban setting,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  new york city,  violence,  police,  flashback,  murder

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Harsh Times (2005) is one of the best movies like American Gangster (2007)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Harsh Times (2005)

Jim Davis is an ex-Army Ranger who finds himself slipping back into his old life of petty crime after a job offer from the LAPD evaporates. His best friend is pressured by his girlfriend Sylvia to find a job, but Jim is more interested in hanging out and making cash from small heists, while trying to get a law enforcement job so he can marry his Mexican girlfriend. (Read More)

Themes:corruption,  anger
Characters:lawyer,  policeman
Story:drug smuggling,  drug trafficking,  drug deal,  smuggling,  black american,  urban setting,  shooting,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  chase,  photograph,  african american,  violence,  murder,  police,  death

Malcolm X (1992)
Biography, Drama, History, Romance

Malcolm X (1992)

Biograpical epic of Malcolm X, the legendary African American leader. Born Malcolm Little, his father (a Garveyite Baptist minister) was killed by the Ku Klux Klan. Malcolm became a gangster, and while in jail discovered the Nation of Islam writings of Elijah Muhammad. He preaches the teachings when let out of jail, but later on goes on a pilgrimage to the city of Mecca, there he converts to the original Islamic religion and becomes a Sunni Muslim and changes his name to El-Hajj Malik Al-Shabazz. He is assassinated on February 21, 1965 and dies a Muslim martyr. This is why Malcolm X (1992) is one of the best movies like American Gangster (2007). (Read More)

Themes:anger
Period:1960s
Story:police brutality,  harlem manhattan new york city,  urban decay,  brooklyn new york city,  rage,  race relations,  black american,  racial slur,  manhattan new york city,  criminal,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  shot to death,  new york city,  photograph,  african american,  mother son relationship,  flashback,  violence,  murder,  police,  death

Ray (2004)
Biography, Drama, Music

Ray (2004)

The story of Ray Charles, music legend. Told in his adult live with flashbacks to his youth we see his humble origins in Florida, his turbulent childhood which included losing his brother and then his sight, his rise as pianist in a touring band, his writing his own songs and running his own band and then stardom. Also includes his addiction to drugs and its affect on his working life and family life. (Read More)

Themes:wedding
Locations:nightclub,  church
Period:1960s,  1970s
Story:brother brother relationship,  drug smuggling,  shooting up,  african american protagonist,  drug bust,  harlem manhattan new york city,  rags to riches,  junkie,  drug overdose,  race relations,  addiction,  heroin,  brother,  drug addict,  cocaine,  single mother,  band,  manhattan new york city,  african american,  mother son relationship,  death,  flashback

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Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)
Action, Animation, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Themes:sadism,  mafia,  brutality
Locations:nightclub
Characters:policeman
Story:mafia boss,  urban decay,  mob boss,  mercilessness,  mobster,  crime boss,  attempted murder,  organized crime,  shot in the forehead,  no opening credits,  exploding car,  ambulance,  criminal,  urban setting,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  corpse,  shootout,  chase,  photograph,  police,  flashback,  violence,  murder,  death

American Hustle (2013) is one of the best movies like American Gangster (2007)
Crime, Drama

American Hustle (2013)

A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation, American Hustle tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld ('Christian Bale' (qv)), who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser ('Amy Adams (III)' (qv)) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso ('Bradley Cooper (I)' (qv)). DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that's as dangerous as it is enchanting. 'Jeremy Renner' (qv) is Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving's unpredictable wife Rosalyn ('Jennifer Lawrence (III)' (qv)) could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down. (Read More)

Themes:mafia,  corruption,  divorce,  anger
Locations:nightclub
Characters:lawyer
Period:1970s
Story:mafia boss,  microwave oven,  reference to richard nixon,  social decay,  fur coat,  urban decay,  stolen money,  bribery,  mob boss,  tuxedo,  ghetto,  italian american,  new jersey,  mobster,  what happened to epilogue,  police investigation,  crime boss,  heart attack,  organized crime,  no opening credits,  diner,  criminal,  sex standing up,  taxi,  shot in the head,  gangster,  shot to death,  based on true story,  new york city,  mother son relationship,  murder,  flashback

The Last Boy Scout (1991)
Action, Thriller

The Last Boy Scout (1991)

A down and out cynical detective teams up with a down and out ex-quarterback to try and solve a murder case involving a pro football team and a politician.

Themes:brutality,  corruption,  suicide
Mood:gore
Period:1990s
Story:mob hit,  car bomb,  bribery,  assault,  killing an animal,  pay phone,  person on fire,  organized crime,  drug addict,  shot in the forehead,  exploding car,  cocaine,  dysfunctional family,  shooting,  shot in the head,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  gangster,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  chase,  photograph,  african american,  flashback,  murder,  police,  violence,  death

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